Dementia Care Certificate Level 2

Are you involved in caring for someone with Dementia? Or are you working within the Care industry? This Dementia Care course has been designed and written for you – to give all care workers the essential knowledge needed to offer the very best professional approach to caring for people with dementia.

Dementia itself is not a single actual disease or illness, but is an umbrella term used to describe lots of different types of conditions, all of which have one thing in common; they attack and destroy the cells in the brains of people with dementia. Currently, 700,000 people in the UK have dementia and this figure is expected to double over the next few decades.

This is an RQF qualification, which has now replaced both the NVQ and QCF courses.

Being a carer can cause a mix of feelings. It can be both rewarding and challenging. If you look after someone with dementia, you may have many questions and worries.

You will develop a real understanding of the needs of people affected by the condition also benefiting from helping families to cope with the challenges that caring for someone with dementia brings about on a daily basis. This course will help you to become more effective in many aspects of your role. If you are looking to enhance your career development, this course will give you the opportunity to identify your career path within Care and support your learning requirements.

It is divided into seven units, each concentrating on an important aspect of the Principles of Dementia Care. To be awarded the NCFE Certificate in the Principles of Dementia Care, learners are required to successfully complete all seven units.

On this Dementia Care course you will:

  • Learn how to combine key ingredients of people-centered care in order to improve the daily life of those with dementia
  • Learn to recognise people with dementia as whole individuals, and understand all the needs that sufferers with varying conditions have.
  • Understand emotions and behaviours you may find challenging or distressing.

Designed for care workers, giving them the knowledge to better support those with dementia.
A formal qualification

This course is a formally recognised RQF qualification and is recognised throughout the UK, Europe and beyond.

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Awarding body: NCFE CACHE
Our course ref: X207
Qualification code: 600/6355/5
Official Qualification Title: NCFE Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Dementia Care

CACHE stands for the Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education, and are the leading specialist Awarding Organisation for the Care and Education Sector.

Study Hours

Up to 123 hours which is under 40 minutes per day for 6 months. However, additional hours may be required for reading writing and research.

Course Duration

You have up to a year to complete this course and we have included a suggested number of study hours. This is usually ample time for learners, even with full-time jobs and other commitments. Don’t worry if you go over the year though, we can organise an extension to your course for a small fee, which also extends your tutor support.

Study Method

The course is specially designed for study by distance learning. Throughout the course, there will be self-assessment questions, and tutor marked assignments (TMAs), to enable you to monitor your progress.


Throughout this course, you may be expected to complete assignments, essays, research projects, presentations, video/audio recordings, and practical learning sessions to meet the requirements of your course. This information will be included in your study pack detailing exactly what you need to do to accomplish your goals as a student.

Course Outcomes
Additional Information
Official Qualification Title
NCFE Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Dementia Care
Level 2
Entry requirements
There are no formal entry requirements for this course, however, it is recommended that you have an intermediate ability to read and write English.
Minimum Enrolment Age
16 years
Section 1
Dementia Awareness
  • Understand what dementia is
  • Understand key features of the theoretical models of dementia
  • Know the most common types of dementia and their causes
  • Understand factors relating to an individual’s experience of dementia.

You will have access to your personal tutor, via email and telephone, who will mark your assignments and guide you through the course. In addition, you will be supplied with a comprehensive Study Guide which will help you through the study and assessment process. Your personal tutor will be highly experienced in their subject area and qualified to teach.

You don’t need any prior skills in the subject area to start. However, as with all of our courses, we recommend a reasonable level of English reading and writing ability.

We provide all the specially written learning materials you require to study this course at home. The course fee also includes tutor support for 12 months.

You will receive everything you need to complete this course within the study pack we send to you.

No, this course is assessed by coursework alone.

No, all of the study materials are supplied within your learning pack.

That’s fine, this course can be studied anywhere and is completed by submitting Tutor marked assignments (TMAs).

Please check our FAQs section or Contact Us, we are happy to answer any questions you have.

Go for it
Lexie Arnold

I would recommend this course, its very interesting, valuable and rewarding.

Caring is not only my job it’s my passion too

Caring is not only my job it’s my passion too, pleased this course has helped and re-freshed my knowledge. Certified #DementiaAngel

Love learning independently
Louisa Cadwallader

I enjoy learning independently and have not needed much support although i know its there if needed. I am a carer and just love adding to my CV with courses.

Easy for an older student
Angela Owen

Being an older student, I though I would find things more difficult than i have, but everything is very straight forward and easy to do. I just wish my PC skills were slightly better.

Never too old to learn
Mary Humphreys

I very much appreciate your patience and fantastic customer service/student support. I feel rather silly referring to myself as a student, I’m 73 and enjoyed basket weaving at school!

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